Natural Materials for Your Furnishings: Where Beauty and Comfort Meet

September 24, 2016 by Michelle Katzirz

Today, more and more of us are choosing natural materials for our clothing – cotton, linen, silk, wool, suede and leather – even bamboo and other organic fibres. The trend is also increasingly popular in home décor. And why not? Natural materials have many advantages, not to mention looking fabulous!

Let’s explore the benefits of natural fibres for your home furnishings:

Simply gorgeous. There’s no doubt, synthetics can’t match the beauty of real silk, linen and cotton, whether for upholstery, draperies or accents. Quality shows. Likewise with genuine leather and suede, which have a finish and high end appeal that can’t be duplicated in manmade materials.

Improves with age. Admittedly, some natural fabrics are not as durable as synthetics, but they do age beautifully. Consider time-worn leather with its gentle sheen, linen with some distressing and softly aged cotton – these marks only enhance the material’s appearance.

Natuzzi Editions Collection

Natuzzi Editions Collection

Upscale look. Natural fabrics often cost more and certainly look more expensive. They have an air of ‘you’ve arrived’ that gives your home instant chic and glamour. For example, consider how a living room would be transformed by adding a fine leather sofa, silk draperies and a beautiful wool throw.

Breathable. Most natural fabrics, including suede and leather, are more breathable than synthetic alternatives – which translates to greater comfort, whether it’s warm or cold. Natural materials typically don’t cling to your body like synthetics either, which also enhances comfort.

Softer. Natural fabrics are often softer than synthetics. They are cozier and ‘gentler’ and simply feel better against your skin.

Biodegradable. Most natural fibres are biodegradable, so they’re a better choice for the environment too!

Where should you use natural fabrics?

Consider durability and usage before you purchase furnishings or accessories in these natural fabrics:

Linen: Best suited for formal spaces used by adults as it soils and wrinkles easily. Linen does, however, resist pilling and fading.

Elena Linen Side Chair

Elena Linen Side Chair

Leather: Tough and beautiful, leather is family friendly and suitable for any space.

Cotton: Provides good resistance to wear, fading and pilling. With proper treatments, it can be fairly durable. Keep in mind there is a huge variety of cottons from damasks to canvas.

Wool: Warm and durable, wool resists pilling, fading, wrinkling and soiling; best if in a blend.

Caracole Naturally Casual Single-Seat Bench

Caracole Naturally Casual Single-Seat Bench

Silk: Luxurious but delicate, silk is suitable for furnishings and accessories in low traffic, adult areas or possibly for draperies.

Consider furnishings and accessories upholstered in natural fabrics for your space. Environmentally friendly, beautiful, comfortable, and they look and feel amazing!

Bright, Vibrant Furniture: Why Colourful Equals Beautiful

September 18, 2016 by Michelle Katzirz

Most of us head straight for neutrals when buying furniture. Whether fabric, leather, wood or metal, neutrals seem like the ‘smart’ and ‘practical’ choice – and of course, they are! Neutrals are definitely timeless. But consider for a moment the glamour, panache and utter joy of colourful furnishings. No longer just for the rebel, sofas, tables, chests and more with unexpected pops of colour are becoming classics in their own right.

Belaire Contemporary Sectional

Belaire Contemporary Sectional

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should embrace colourful furniture for your space:

  1. It creates an experience. Colour enables you to create a mood. Consider the sensuality of a rich purple sofa, the whimsy of a saturated blue arm chair or the elegance of a floral patterned accent chest. Equally important, different colours create different feelings. Compare the relaxing feeling of a soft blue sofa to the instant jolt of energy from a bright red sofa. Do you want your space to be ‘sunny’ yellow or ‘soothing’ citrus green? Choose your colourful furnishings accordingly.

    Sonora Loveseat

    Sonora Loveseat

  2. It reflects your personal taste. Colourful furniture reflects your individual sense of style. You’re terrific teal or maybe even bold red! Show your personality through colour. Colourful furnishings, by their very nature, say that you’re fashion forward and open minded. What a great place to start!
  3. It provides a focal point. Every room needs a focal point to make it visually appealing and harmonious. A colourful piece of furniture draws in the eye and says ‘admire me!’ Place your colourful furnishings on a corner angle or in a prominent spot where they get the attention they deserve. It will make your space more inviting.
  4. It can determine your colour scheme. Many people pick a paint colour for a room as the first step in choosing a colour palette, but decorators often suggest buying an item with a colour that inspires you and building your room around that. Could it be the pale purple of a sofa cushion or the tangerine of a metal kitchen chair? One piece of colour furniture can launch your entire decorating scheme!

    Timbuktu Collection

    Timbuktu Collection

  5. It isn’t all or nothing. Always remember, you can go gentle with colourful furniture. It doesn’t have to be bright to have impact. Pastels are trendy now and offer a more subtle aesthetic. You can also choose to select colour just for smaller pieces like your dining room chairs (crimson leather anyone?), an ottoman (with turquoise stripes!) or even a red chest of drawers for your bedroom.
Red Bombe Chest with 3 Drawers

Red Bombe Chest with 3 Drawers

Remember that colourful furniture is best displayed against a neutral backdrop. If, for example, you choose a cobalt sofa and accent chair, opt for taupe or grey walls and perhaps classic dark hardwood floors.

Experiment with a piece or two of colourful furniture in your space. You’ll be delighted with the impact on your senses. Enjoy!